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ALTHOUGH great advance in structural knowledge has been made during the past fifty years as the result of research work carried out in various countries, there are still many questions upon which the structural engineer requires further knowledge before he can make his calculations with the degree of accuracy which every good engineer hopes to attain.
Ewart S. Andrews
Mr. R. H. SQUIRE, M.I.Struct.E., proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Andrews for a
very interesting paper, which was somewhat off the beaten track. He imagined that as a
result of the paper many of the members would find themselves carrying out experiments
in the months to come, and that next year quite a number of papers dealing with them would be offered to the Institution. Undoubtedly in many fields inexpensive research work could be undertaken, with profit to the individuals carrying out the experiments
as well as to the wider circle of the members of the Institution. He personally had carried out a certain amount of research, which had not cost him very much, and he had learned a lot from it.
THE author regards any factor affecting our great industry and profession as an engineering problem and therefore makes no excuses for introducing to the meeting some observed effects of the output of labour under varying conditions in structural engineering work, or for any other subject which might be claimed as the prerogative of another profession, for the author can give his personal assurance that all the subjects which he discusses have, in some form or another, come under the consideration
of a structural engineer.